District Development Commissioner Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmed Wednesday inaugurated a day long Kissan Mela as part of Kissan Pakhwada activities here.
The mela was organized by Department of Agriculture in collaboration with allied departments, Banks and Revenue Department to target cent percent saturation of farmer welfare schemes including subsidy schemes, distribution of Kissan Credit Card (KCC), etc thereby empowering the farming community under ‘Pradhan Mantri Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Scheme’.
On the occasion DDC Bandipora distributed Kissan Credit Cards among 150 farmers and also handed over 22 paddy thrashers among progressive farmers under various schemes.
Dr Owais also dedicated a Refrigerated Van to the farmers of the district for transportation of vegetables and other agri-products to markets outside the district.
He also felicitated 10 progressive farmers who had used innovative techniques for cultivation of vegetables and other agricultural produce.
The DDC while speaking on the occasion impressed upon the officers and field functionaries to make the programme a grand success by covering all the farmers including those engaged in Horticulture, Diary, Fisheries, Sheep rearing etc. under KCC scheme for their linkage with PM Kisan account.
He directed all the departments to intensify mass awareness in their work area regarding farmer’s welfare schemes like KCC, PM Kisan, Pardhan Mantri Fasal Bhima Yojana, Soil Health Card Scheme, Organic Farming and others to achieve the target of doubling the income of farmers by 2022.
During the mela, different departments displayed their stalls for information of the general public regarding best practices in Agriculture and various schemes being implemented by the Government.
Among others, Joint Director Agriculture, Chief Agriculture Officer, District Agriculture Officer besides officers and officials of various allied departments were present on the occasion.